Columbia Center
for the Arts

215 Cascade Street

PO Box 1543

Hood River, OR 97031


Education at Columbia Center for the Arts

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Summer Art Experiences

Confluence Project: Celilo Falls

Columbia Center for the Arts recently had the honor of working with Pacific Northwest Native American artist, Lillian Pitt, on a series of Confluence Project workshops for children. Click on the arrow below to view a digital story of what children involved in the project learned.

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Click here to learn more about the Confluence Project

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After School Art Blog

Click here to see a blog of four week after school art program.

About Our Education & Outreach Programs

Columbia Center for the Arts offers art education, outreach and art classes for both seasoned artists and beginning art students in all disciplines from literary arts, theater, visual arts and more.

We offer art appreciation opportunities for the general public, as well as partnering opportunities with local schools.  We have a classroom set up as an art studio, and is available for rent by art teachers and others who want to teach their own classes.

Art classes at Columbia Art Gallery

Education is a cornerstone of our mission as a center. We hope you join us in an art class or other art education opportunity in the near future.

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June, July and August

Summer Art Experience

Give your child an art-filled summer. Check the website in a week to see the great line-up of classes!
Learn More: Summer Art Experience

July 19th 9AM - 3PM

Sally Bailey Watercolor "Bold Color, Bold Shapes" Workshop

Sally uses “lots of paint, not much water” to create glowing, colorful shapes. This is a workshop that will encourage you to put away your little brushes and to boldly paint large shapes. Price: $90
Learn More: Sally Bailey

July 21st - 25th, 1pm - 4pm

Introduction to Stage Combat with Jacob Camp (10-14 yr olds)

Want to know how they do it on film and on the stage? Learn the basic techniques for stage combat with local actor Jacob Camp.
Learn More: Introduction to Stage Combat

July 25th - 27th

"Plein Air and the Art of Composing on the Fly" with Thomas Jefferson Kitts

Composition is the art of leading the eye. A pleasing or successful painting doesn't just happen, it results from the artist making making a series of good decisions as they work. Since painting en plein air allows little time to deliberate this class will teach you how to make your compositional decisions more rapidly. Price: $300
Learn More: Thomas Jefferson Kitts

July 28th - 31st, 9am - 12pm

Physical Theatre Workshop with Sullivan Mackintosh (9 - 12 yr olds)

Come prepared to move in this physical theatre class designed to help kids explore the styles of HRV's Phoenix Theatre. With an emphasis on using the body as an instrument for creative storytelling, participants will work together to create their own show filled with movement and imagination. Taught by Phoenix Theatre alumnus Sullivan Mackintosh.
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July 28th - 31st and Aug 4th - 7th
Two Week Class, 9am - 12pm

Clay and More with Yvonne Pepin-Wakefield (9 - 12 yr olds)

Clay and More…Spend two weeks creating two low-fired ceramic projects. This class introduces students to varied hand-building techniques to create both functional and decorative art works.
Learn More: Clay and More

Every Thursday 9am-12pm

Oil Painting with Cathleen Rehfeld

This oil painting class is designed for novices and experts alike. Cathleen's techniques are meant to meet every artist wherever you are in your painting journey.

Learn More: Cathleen Rehfeld

Every 2nd and 4th Friday, 9am-12pm

Life and Portrait Drawing

You’re invited to attend our Drawer’s Club in the Studio. Paint or draw from a live model. All skill levels are welcome. We’ll provide the model, easels and tables; you bring your art supplies and enjoy honing your skills.

Learn More: Life & Portrait Drawing Club

October 5, 12, 19
November 2, 9, 14, 15, 16

The Art of the Personal Narrative

Are you ready to discover your story and share it with the world? Portland Story Theater is delighted to bring our workshop, The Art of Personal Narrative, to the Columbia Center for the Arts in Hood River.

Learn More: The Art of the Personal Narrative

April 10 – 12, 2015

Qiang Huang Three-day basics of oil painting workshop

Qiang’s approaches to still-life painting will be demonstrated with particular focus on composing dramatic setups by observing the light distribution, and using bold and loose strokes to create a powerful and accurate representation on canvas.
Learn More: Qiang Huang

For more information:

Call Columbia Center for the Arts,
541-387-8877, ext 114, or email